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Naperville City Council Approves New Recycling Carts

City officials said Naperville is falling behind with its recycling. Municipalities with bigger carts, they said, typically recycle more.

The Naperville City Council this past week approved a $1.87 million contract to buy new recycling carts, which will allow residents wishing to recycle to choose from either a 32-, 65-, or 95-gallon cart, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

The carts will only be mandatory for those wishing to recycle and the city has not yet determined how much — or if they will — charge homeowners for the carts, according to the article. 

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The above information was updated on April 17. 

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE: If you give them a bigger recycling cart, will they fill it? 

The Naperville City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal to adopt a mandatory recycling cart program. The city is recommending the city council award a $1.9 million bid to for a five-year contract to Resource Management, Inc. for 32-, 65-, and 95-gallon recycling carts, according to the April 15 City Council packet.

The carts are meant to replace Naperville's current blue bins for recycling purposes. The change, city officials say, could reduce its overall recycling costs and also increase the amount local residents are recycling. 

"The city has historically been a leader in recycling. However, recently we realized that the percentage of waste that was being recycled was falling behind other communities," said city manager Doug A. Krieger, in a YouTube Council Update video. "It was determined that most municipalities who were recycling more had larger container than the old blue bins that we have here in Naperville." 

The city is proposing a portion of the carts be paid for through a $4 per month utility bill charge, according to city documents. The fee would start on Aug. 1 and last for nine months. The charge will generate $1,494,000 in revenue and will fund 80 percent of the cart purchase.  

The remaining amount city staff proposed be paid for through $200,000 in excess funds from the 2014 Fiscal Year budget. 

If approved, residents would be given a choice on which size cart they would like. If a resident doesn't select a size, the city will provide that household with a 95-gallon cart—the largest of the three carts, according to city documents. 

Cart deliveries are expected to begin in July. 
Marty Spielman April 17, 2014 at 10:41 PM
Good news. Looking forward to the new carts.
Kathy Adler April 18, 2014 at 08:24 AM
My blue bin has been gone for some time. If we don't buy one of these carts, we can't recycle. Seems counterproductive
cholic April 19, 2014 at 12:41 PM
Finally! AZ has had these large bins for 19 years! Could never understand the small size here. Good for the city!

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